Repurpose of Textile Waste Into Household Items

The project aimed to minimize the textile waste by maximizing the use of fabric into usable household items. At the same time, create employment opportunity to the marginalized communities. In this fast fashion era, the clothing and textile industry is the second largest polluter in the world. About 15% of fabric intended for clothing ends up on the cutting room floor and to the landfill thereafter. We do not have the power to halt the development of fashion industry but we can try to optimize the usage of the leftover fabric.

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Penang, Malaysia

Project Owner

Tan Yi Wei

Location of Project

Pulau Pinang


  • 15.1 million tons of textile waste was generated in 2013, of which 12.8 million tons were discarded. 
  • It takes more than 5,000 gallons of water to manufacture just a T-shirt and a pair of jeans. 
  • Textile industry in China itself already discharging over 2.5 billion tons of wastewater every year. 
  • Daily in Hong Kong, there are 253 tons of textiles sent to landfill. 
  • Landfill space is expensive and hard to find.


  1. The main benefit of textile recycling activities is the opportunity to reuse it. 
  2. Through re-purpose of leftover textile by incorporating techniques reworking them into a fabulous collection of usable delights, we can avoid possibilities of pollution and energy-intensive production of new household items. 
  3. Fabrics that cannot be reused can be recycled into fibre or other material for reprocessing. 
  4. Besides, it also serves as a training ground for the need. The training house for marginalized community who are there to hone their skills and contribute their creativity. 
  5. The team will soon be running sewing workshops for the public, that will inspire and educate people in the importance of sustainable fashion and design.

Target Beneficiary

Who? – Textile up-cycle is a beneficial activity from environmental, social and economic points of view, as opposed to land-filling or being used for energy. Why? – Public discover who made their clothes and what their household items used to be, plus they can learn how to make, mend and care for the textiles they have in every household. In knowing all of this, they begin to build their own story around each garment and connect with their clothes even more deeply.

First, the volume of textile collected and the numbers product produced into usable products shows the amount of textile waste been optimizing before it goes into landfill. Second, is the numbers of workshop conducted(message delivered) and the amount of household textile waste been transfer into usable items. If the average life of textile was extended by just three months, it would reduce by five to ten percent their carbon and water footprints, as well as waste generation. Also, reducing dependent in new household fabric items helps to saves approximately 20,000 liters of water per kilogram of cotton needed, a water-intensive crop.


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Project Needs

Type of help needed


Project Cost

RM 72,000

Describe Needs

Cost for project as below:
Description Price/Unit (RM) Quantity Amount (RM)
Portable Sewing machine  2,000   3 6,000
 Overlock sewing machine  1,500 3,000 
 Accessories/ tools/ raw materials  10,000 10,000 
 Warehouse /rental 18,000  18,000 
Pay/bills 30,000 1 30,000
Workshop/campaign 3,000 1 3,000
Transportation 2,000 1 2,000
Total cost 72,000 
  • We need the fund to kick start our project in collecting, design, training and production of the up-cycle household items for the community welfare.
  • Project target to start by September 2018.
  • Target by December 2018- – 1st batch of product been produced – minimum 1 workshops campaign to be conducted
  • Target by end 2019- – minimum 2 workers trained as skill worker; – minimum 50% of products sold; minimum 6 workshops and campaign to be conducted
Name Donate Amount Date
Actyvate RM48,000 July 12, 2018
wei tan RM1,000 July 11, 2018
yi tan RM5,000 July 11, 2018
Wei Wei RM1,000 July 11, 2018
Wei Wei RM5,000 July 11, 2018
betty tan RM5,000 July 11, 2018
Vince Vin RM4,000 July 10, 2018
Loo Wei Shen RM2,000 June 27, 2018
yi wei tan RM1,000 June 26, 2018


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